Dogged is a dark, psychological British thriller, that’s probably best placed in the increasingly popular folk-horror sub-genre. It was financed entirely through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, with an anticipated release date set for late Spring 2017.
The story focuses on Sam, who, returning home to the small tidal island where he grew up, he soon discovers that the rural community there harbour more than just a few secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth behind a young girl’s mysterious death, he’s lured into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a sinister group of masked maniacs who will stop at nothing to protect their identities, and hide the horrifying truth about the island.
The short film on which Dogged is based is still doing the festival circuit, having already screened at a number of prestigious festivals such as Horrible Imaginings in San Diego.
At just four minutes long, it took almost a year to adapt the short into a feature length film, and has many of the same cast & crew on board. It promises to expand on the themes and style of the original, which finished joint fifth on the BBC 3 talent show The Fear in late 2015, which was designed to unearth the most promising new horror directors as judged by Eduardo Sanchez.
The production company behind Dogged is Ash Mountain films, who were formed in 2013 by a group of enthusiastic filmmakers in Slough, Berkshire. Headed up by Richard Rowntree, Christopher Foulser and Lee Wignall, the company has completed six short films to date, including Dogged, Absent Friends and Fixation(s).
Having had their films screen at festivals in the UK, US, Mexico and Italy among others, they operate with low budgets and high expectations. Dogged is their first foray into feature length films, and they have a slate of further pictures in the horror genre on the horizon.
Good luck to all involved!
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